Removing polish residue

Questions on polishing, restoration, conservation + manufacturing techniques
Tricky625
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:21 am
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Removing polish residue

Postby Tricky625 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:11 am

I have an issue where I bought a sterling silver salt cauldron which has quite an intricate, fairly deep pattern. in the depths of this pattern is what I believe to be the remains of some sort of silver polish. It is white in colour.

What is the best way to remove this?

I am hesitant to use any type of silver cleaning solution or chemical etc as the piece is 260+ years old and I really do not want to damage it.

The below is just to show the pattern and depth of the engraving etc, the polish residue in question is not all that noticeable in the pic.

Image

AG2012
contributor
Posts: 3641
Joined: Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:47 am

Re: Removing polish residue

Postby AG2012 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:50 am

Soak in hot water in a plastic container for a couple of minutes and use very soft brush while still immersed (tooth brush will do, what does not damage your tooth enamel will not damage silver).Then rinse with tap water. Do not use any chemical or abrasive.
Regards

Tricky625
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:21 am
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Re: Removing polish residue

Postby Tricky625 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:43 am

Thanks AG2012, that worked a treat.

Regards,

silverhammer
Posts: 29
Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Rhode Island, USA

Re: Removing polish residue

Postby silverhammer » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:26 pm

Good advice, AG2012, but I recommend a natural horsehair or Tampico brush as they won't scratch when used with water. Nylon scratches.

Jeff


Return to “Silver Care / Techniques”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 14 guests